Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


809

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in woodlands and woodland borders, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Purplish/ Light violet
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
10 stamens, diadelphous, 9 and 1
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Lespedeza violacea   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lespedeza violacea   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-27-009:
Lespedeza intermedia   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Wand Lespedeza, Wandlike Bush-clover, Violet Bush-clover


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image of Lespedeza violacea

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_lespedeza_violacea_1

September    Catawba County    NC

The keel is longer than the wing petals, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Lespedeza violacea

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_lespedeza_violacea_1b

September    Catawba County    NC

Long-stalked leaves with elliptic leaflets up to 1.5" long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.


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image of Lespedeza violacea

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_lespedeza_violacea_2

September    Catawba County    NC

Uppermost flowers commonly exceed their subtending leaves; lower flowers don't, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lespedeza violacea

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_lespedeza_violacea_3

September    Catawba County    NC

Weakly ascending stems, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.